Monday, December 27, 2010

Ringing in the New Year

Another year has come and gone and at some point most of us will look back and contemplate what has gone before. Some of us will see it as an amazing year that has brought us to a new deeper understanding of ourselves and others will be feeling the pain that may have shown us things we didn’t want to see.

So how do you want to see the past year? Will you be letting go of any pain and heartache that you may have suffered in favor of starting a new year with hope and peace?

Or will you choose to hang on to the negative things that were not what you wanted?

How important is the past? Does it have to reflect how we look at our present or forward to our future? I think we all know that the past can be left where it was – in the past. And each moment starts us on a new journey – each moment is a new beginning.

So, yes, take the time to look back on your year. See what lessons you have been fortunate to learn, what experiences brought you inside to find the peace, love and contentment that you’ve always wanted. What experiences have you not let go of yet? Look at those and examine why you are still hanging on. Write them on a piece of paper, acknowledge that they are not true and then tear the paper up and throw it away along with the feelings and beliefs that are attached to it. Find forgiveness in your heart for those that have brought you to your pain and for yourself. This alone can change so much.

Allow yourself to see today as a new beginning and look ahead to the New Year as a positive, abundant and fulfilling year in which you have access to all the opportunities you can imagine and more.

Let go of what hasn’t worked for you in the past and look to new ways of thinking, feeling and being.

Change your life from the inside out in 2011!

Loving wishes to you all for a peace and love filled New Year.

Bettina

Start the new year off with some time for yourself and a commitment to personal growth. Join us for our women’s workshop: Connecting to the Divine Goddess Within on Wed. Jan 12. Check our at: www.thesoulconnection.ca for more information about other workshops, seminars, products and one-on-one, couples or group sessions that we offer.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Peace and Joy

Holiday music fills the air with messages of peace, joy and good cheer, as we scurry around getting shopping done in busy malls and shops. Traffic is hectic and every seems to be rushing.

The holidays can be a real test of our patience and at a time when kindness should be the norm it is sometimes hard to find it anywhere in our surroundings.

Peace and joy is what we all want to feel and we look for it out in the world a lot of the time, hoping to find some indication that it exists. A lot of times we find it difficult to find.

But are we looking for it in the right place? The love, peace and joy that we are longing to feel does not come from out in the world. It is found within our own hearts if we stop long enough to look for it.

If we put aside our anger, judgment and impatience we make room for the joy and the kindness within ourselves. And when we do find it, it becomes easy to share it with the world.

Let’s look at a few ways we can spread peace and joy this holiday season:

  1. Smile at everyone you meet. It’s amazing how this simple act can help us feel good.
  2. Drop some change in the bowl outside the shops so that those who may not be able to afford food or clothing this winter will know that feeling of being taken care of.
  3. Go shopping with thoughtfulness and patience.
  4. Shop with an open mind and heart – the gift you have in mind might not show itself but you might find something better if you are open to anything.
  5. Spend time with family and friends. Remember that it is the people that are important, not how clean your house is or what you make to feed them.
  6. Make gifts that come from the heart. (I’ve made calendars for people that include pictures that have meaning to them specifically)
  7. Find some quiet time just for you to recharge.
  8. Make a gratitude list.
  9. Listen to some great holiday music or watch a holiday movie. (One of my favourites is It’s a Wonderful Life)
  10. Spend a few minutes each day meditating on what the holidays mean to you.

Wishing you peace and joy in your heart and soul not only during this holiday season but throughout the year.

Love and blessings,
Bettina

Start the new year off with some time for yourself and some personal growth. We have lots of workshops planned. Check them out at: www.thesoulconnection.ca